Cherokee Trail junior Bead Boonta tracks her putt from the fringe on the green of Hole No. 4 at The Olde Course at Loveland during the first round of the Class 5A girls state golf tournament played on May 31, 2022. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

LOVELAND | On a day filled with fluctuating conditions on a challenging golf course, Aurora players had a variety of results Tuesday during the opening day of the Class 5A girls state golf tournament.

Only one of the 84 qualifiers shot even par or better (Valor Christian’s Elle Higgins, who shot an even-par 72) as the combination of tricky greens at The Olde Course at Loveland and weather that included sun, wind and eventually rain taxed the field.

Cherokee Trail, coming in off winning the first regional championship in program history, holds the top spot among three Aurora area programs with enough qualifiers for a team score with a fifth-place total of 260. Regis Jesuit (with four qualifiers) and Grandview (with three) sit in a tie for 10th at 280.

Full Class 5A 1st round results, here

Full Class 5A 2nd round tee times, here

Coach Justin Jajczyk’s Cherokee Trail was led by its two returning state qualifiers in junior Bead Boonta and senior Devin Gilbreath, who shot 83 and 87, respectively.

Boonta — who finished a city-best sixth at last season’s state tournament held at Denver’s City Park — finished three-over after her first nine holes, but found tough going on the back nine, though she made her lone birdie on Hole No. 17 to finish tied for 13th. Gilbreath, meanwhile, shot better on the back nine.

Both Boonta and Gilbreath played much better in the second round last season, as Boonta shot 14 strokes better and Gilbreath 10 as they both moved up the leaderboard.

Cherokee Trail’s talented freshmen — Kaleigh Babineaux and Haylee Clark — shot 90 and 94, respectively, in their first state tournament rounds. Clark had the lone birdie between the two, which she recorded on the par-4 Hole No. 9.

A score of 90 was a common theme among Aurora area players, as Babineaux was joined by Eaglecrest junior Savanna Becker (a returning state qualifier) and Regis Jesuit junior Ella Denslow (a first-time qualifier) with a score that put them in a tie for 33rd.

Grandview’s returning state qualifiers, junior Courtney Ladymon and sophomore Caroline Ryan, were within a stoke of each other as Ladymon carded a 91 and Ryan a 92. The Wolves’ third score came from first-time qualifier Allie Arritola, who shot 97.

Following Denslow among Regis Jesuit scorers was junior Caitlin Neumann, who shot 93 in the first round of her second state tournament appearance and freshman Audrey Whitmore shot 97, while junior Georgia Meysman-Sharpe finished with a 100.

Senior Caroline Gardland, Smoky Hill’s only varsity player this season, shot 102 in her first state tournament round.

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports


First round results, May 31 at The Olde Course at Loveland

Team scores (par 216): 1. Valor Christian 233; 2. Loveland 246; 3. Cherry Creek 250; 4. Mountain Vista 258; 5. CHEROKEE TRAIL 260; 6. Rock Canyon 262; 7. Legend 270; 8. Arapahoe 272; 9. Chaparral 274; T10. GRANDVIEW 280; T10. REGIS JESUIT 280; 12. Castle View 282; 13. Legacy 285; 14. Heritage 290; 15. Broomfield 294

— Full Class 5A 1st round state results, here

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